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Coach Bios

Co-Director Jerry Linch






Jerry Linch has over 30 years coaching experience in high school and club.  He was the Varsity Coach at Friendswood High School from 2004-2010.  He finished with a career record of 253-56, with a district record of 85-3.  All seven years as varsity coach, Friendswood reached the Regional Championships, with two State Semi-Finalists teams and one State Finalist team.
Jerry has coached several collegiate Division I athletes and a few that went on to play professionally.
Jerry has coached all levels of club volleyball ages 1 –18.  He has qualified 13 teams for USAV Junior National Championships with three of them qualifying in the Open Division.  He has coached three different teams to a top 3 at finish at Junior Nationals.  Coached several players receiving All-American status at USAV Nationals.
TGCA All Star State coach.
Galveston County coach of the year – multiple years.
District coach of the year – multiple years.
Greater Houston Coaches Association board member.
Most recently coached the AVA 15 Rox volleyball team with Haley Jacob with a team record of 56-12.  This team won 1st place in the Chicago Windy City Qualifier in the USA division, 5th place at the Lone Star Classic Qualifier in the USA division, 1st place in the Open Division at Triple Crown in Salt Lake City, 1st place in the Open division at the Cross Court Classic, 1st place in the 17’s Non-Bid division at the Lone Star Regional Championships, pre-qualified next year for the Tour of Texas, 2nd place in the FAST Warmup and 1st place in the Houston Power League Stop 1. Jerry coached them to finish in 5th place at the USAV Girls Junior National Championships in the USA Division, with an overall finish of the 19th team in the entire Nation!

Co-Director Katy Garza


A two-time All-America First Team selection, Katy Jameyson Garza is one of the top all-around players in Texas Volleyball history. She completed her four-year career ranked second on the school charts for career block assists (370), sixth in solo blocks (112) and seventh in both kills (1,115) and service aces (127). Jameyson Garza also compiled a .309 career hitting efficiency. As a freshman in 1990, she helped the Longhorns post a 31-4 overall record, advance to the NCAA regional finals and earn a national ranking of No. 7 in the final AVCA poll. During her junior season in 1992, Jameyson Garza led Texas to a 29-6 mark and a trip to the NCAA regional finals while earning Southwest Conference Player of the Year, AVCA All-America First Team and Volleyball Magazine All-America Second Team honors. She had one of the finest all-around seasons in school history in 1992, recording 409 kills, 331 digs, 163 blocks and 50 service aces while posting a .360 hitting efficiency. As a senior in 1993, Jameyson Garza helped the Longhorns to a 31-3 mark, a trip to the NCAA regional finals and a ranking of No. 2 in the final AVCA poll. She repeated as SWC Player of the Year and also garnered AVCA All-America and Volleyball Magazine All-America First Team honors. The Longhorns registered a combined 38-2 record in Southwest Conference matches and won the SWC regular-season title in each of her four seasons in Austin. Jameyson Garza earned her bachelor's degree in kinesiology/health promotion and fitness in 1994. She has served since 2009 as a teacher at ASSETS Academy in the Alvin Independent School District, where she works with ninth-12th grade students in biology, aquatics and environmental sciences. Jameyson Garza also has been the co-owner of the Absolute Volleyball Academy of Texas since 2006. She and her husband, Ray Garza, reside in Alvin, Texas, with their five children, Chavez, Tony, Teresa, Ana and Mia.


Coaching Staff

UT Women's Hall of Honor
Katy Jameyson Garza's Speech